HORSHAM, Pa., Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, in honor of National Sandwich Day, Oroweat® Bread revealed Crystal S. from Northglenn, CO, as the $25,000 grand prize winner in the third annual America's Better Sandwich™ Contest. Crystal's "Moroccan Rainbow Carrot Sandwich with Spicy Orange Dressing" was named the most delicious and nutritious sandwich of the 15 total finalists that made the cut as voted on by America and a panel of qualified judges.
The 2016 America's Better Sandwich™ Contest offered the opportunity for foodies across the country to submit their original sandwich recipes featuring Oroweat® Bread varieties in five different categories. After three finalists in each category were named, America voted and our experts weighed in based on three criteria: taste, creativity and nutritional analysis. The highest scoring recipes in each category were crowned "category winners," and will receive a $5,000 prize.
Additionally, for every eligible recipe submitted during the entry period and for every vote cast during the voting period, Oroweat® donated more than 6,500 loaves of bread to Feeding America, the official charitable partner for the contest.
"Building a better sandwich starts with premium bread. I'm a big fan of Oroweat® Whole Grains Oatnut Bread and I was eager to enter this year's America's Better Sandwich™ Contest because each of the categories allow for endless creative possibilities with a brand that I love," said Crystal. "My recipe was inspired by the vibrant, bold colors seen in a Moroccan sunset!"
Crystal's recipe climbed to the top of the Open-Faced Artistry category using Oroweat® Whole Grains Oatnut Bread that boasts 13 grams of whole grains per serving and combines winning ingredients like colorful rainbow carrots and crunchy pistachios.
The five category winners are:
- State Favorites: "Tex Mex Fajita Chicken Salad Sandwich" by Jane M. (Houston, Texas)
- Fueling Good: "Spiced Caribbean Chicken Sandwich" by Mary H. (Prescott, Ariz.)
- Open-Faced Artistry: "Moroccan Rainbow Carrot Sandwich with Spicy Orange Dressing" by Crystal S. (Northglenn, Colo.)
- Breakfast in Bread: "Lox Your Sox Off" by Jill G. (Philadelphia, Pa.)
- Creative Classics: "Cherry Almond Chicken Salad" by Kim V. (Caldwell, N.J.)
"This year's America's Better Sandwich™ Contest has been the most successful yet with more than 2,900 entries and we were truly impressed by the creativity and thought that our entrants put into the ingredients they felt paired best with our bread," said Brian DiNuzzo, Assistant Brand Manager at Oroweat® Bread. "We hope the contest will inspire even more Americans to get creative with their sandwich recipes and find ways to incorporate whole grains into their diets."
To view the finalist and winning recipes, please visit: www.AmericasBetterSandwich.com.
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